14 November 1816 (2)

Eliza Fenwick, Barbados, to Henry Crabb Robinson, [London], 14 November [1816].1

 

Alass [sic] My dear Sir! I have lost my Son! In the prime of strength & health with even splendid prospects opening before him; free from vice, indefatigable in his duties & fondly loving & beloved by his family, he has been swept off by the yellow fever!

              Farewell! Farewell!

                             E. Fenwick

 

Barbardos  Novr14th

 

Address: Henry Robinson Esqr | 5 Essex Court | Temple


Postmark: not readable

 

1 Crabb Robinson Archive, DWL/HCR/5/5/131, Dr. Williams’s Library, London; also published in Grundy, Secresy 373. The note is attached to a copy of Fenwick’s letter to Hays on the same day, describing in agonizing detail the death of Orlando (see previous letter). Robinson wrote on the back of the note: “Mrs Fenwick pathetic note her Son’s death Memorial of a very interesting woman – (Reminiscences)"